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Oakmont star golfer is rock solid and Rutgers-bound

Maddy Gedeon has her college picked and her putting dialed in as she rolls toward golf’s postseason
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Maddy Gedeon is putting right along early in her senior year at Oakmont High School.

She’s the runaway leader in stroke average and the points leader in her quest for a third consecutive Capital Valley Conference MVP award. Gedeon is turning in scorecard after scorecard with rounds in the 30s, and she recently set a personal record with a 67 in CVC Tournament No. 1 on the Arcade course at Haggin Oaks.

And on Nov. 1, between the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Tournament and the NCGA/CIF NorCal Championship, Gedeon plans to sign a national letter of intent with Rutgers University.

First-year Oakmont coach Eileen Calise describes Gedeon as controlled, smart and dedicated to school and her game.

“Maddy is one of the nicest people I have ever met, and I don’t say that lightly.
Just a lovely girl,” Calise says. “She’s not self-deprecating, because she knows she can play. But she’s also very understated.”

Gedeon has the long game down. She averages about 240 yards off the tee. While traveling to Texas, New Jersey and Indiana — where she won an AJGA tournament — over the summer, Gedeon worked on her putting, “the weakest part of my game,” she says. Gedeon dialed in her setup and stroke and worked toward more birdies and par saves inside 10 feet.

“She practices all the time, all the time,” Calise says. “She’s very dedicated to the practice.”

The results have been good. Gedeon is averaging 36.1 strokes per round in CVC duals. Del Campo’s Karlee Hormel is a distant second at 44.7.

Gedeon’s 67 at Haggin Oaks included a 32 on the front nine. She overcame two bogeys with seven birdies.

“I was just putting really well, especially on the front nine,” says Gedeon, who also reached par 5s in 2 and left herself short chips to reach the par 4s in 2.

While playing in the ballpark with local stalwarts Paige Lee of Granite Bay and Camille Wagg of Rocklin last season, Gedeon now is an all-out threat for the Division II medalist honor, which Lee has won three years in a row. Gedeon and Lee tied for eighth last season at the CIF/CGA Girls State Championship.

“They’re great players,” Gedeon says on another hot Wednesday at Woodcreek Golf Club, one day after shooting an even-par 35 in a CVC dual with Del Campo. “It’s always fun to play with them.”

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at BillP_RsvPT.